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Research Data Management: Legal Responsibilities

Legal Requirements for Retention of Data

Data should be retained in a durable and retrievable format. The requirement for retention of research data is five years from the date of the last publication related to the data, or five years from the date the data was last accessed. This can vary depending on the type of research as detailed in the Research Data Management Guidelines.

If a decision is made to dispose of research data, and after obtaining approval from the Records Management Unit or Charles Sturt University Regional Archives, disposal of research data should be planned and deliberate, using secure disposal mechanisms to prevent unauthorised re-use. 

For advice on retention or disposal of your research data contact

Charles Sturt Policies, Guidelines and Codes

Charles Sturt University Research Data Management Policy:  This Policy forms part of the Charles Sturt University (the University) governance framework for research data management by recognising research data as a valuable product of research activity that can assist in promoting open enquiry and debate, complementing research outputs and publications, providing research transparency, and justifying research outcomes.

Charles Sturt University Research Data Management Guidelines: Good practice in Research Data Management (RDM) is a crucial part of maximising research investment and leveraging your research efforts. RDM includes but is not limited to data retention, accessibility, storage, and security.


National Principles of Intellectual Property Management for Publicly Funded Research

National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Universities Australia (2018) Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.  

Australian funding bodies' data sharing requirements :


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